Vaporizing for your health

Vaporizing cannabis

Weed smoke. I love it. I like to see the results of my tobacco and THC mixed together in a thin white paper as I exhale a Rasta-sized cloud of cannabis. I especially like hash mixed with tobacco. Since I moved to Amsterdam from the states 4 years ago, I’ve made the transition to the more mellow yellow (or brown, depending on what day it is). Hash has always been very hard (for me) to find in the states, where I grew up. Well, until I got to art school. And, even in those days, I didn’t really have a curiosity about it because I was basically all about the buds.

THC CrystalsDude, the cryyyysttaaalllss…

But nowadays, I partake in weed from time to time, but I like the mellow feeling I get from hash. But, not the feeling I get from the tobacco. My lungs aren’t what they used to be, and never really were what they were supposed to be in the first place.

I first tried a vaporizer about 10 years ago at a friend’s music studio while we were in a session. When I looked at this weird wooden box with a glass bowl on top, with an electrical cord and plastic tube shoved into it, I had to laugh. It just looked like a waste of time. Prop up, turn on, heat up, pack it, and then, suck on a tube? Where’s the smoke? I didn’t see myself getting online and bothering to order one. It seemed unnecessary. I could just use a bong, a blunt or some rolling papers.

They look cool. I could buy one. But, what’s the big deal?

Not only until recently, have I begun to appreciate the advances vaporizers have made since back in the day. The vaporizer has become more varied in design (like for example the Pax by Ploom vaporizer) , more efficient, attractive and affordable. And, as “healthier’ forms of smoking become popular, vaporizing is rising right along with it.

What’s the difference between smoke and vapor?

Volcano vaporizer balloonSmoke is bad. Period. It causes deadly symptoms in the lungs and respiratory system. Burning marijuana (or anything for that matter) creates smoke, which contain toxic carcinogens harmful to the lungs. And, a lot of that smoke is your precious leaf just burning away instead of being inhaled. Not to mention that what you are inhaling can potentially kill you.

Vapor is not smoke. Vaporizers use heat rather than flame to evaporate rather than burn. Cannabis does not have to be burned to be inhaled into the respiratory system. The temperature to vaporize the Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the other cannabinoids on marijuana leaves require less heat to become vapor. Vaporizers, in a nutshell, extract the moisture in the cannabinoids by heating them, thus creating a vapor that can be inhaled. The essential elements of the plant (THC) are consumed and nothing else. Vaporizing makes for more flavorful taste, and creates very little smell. No (second-hand) smoke is released into the atmosphere.

So, to recap. Smoke bad. Vapor good.

Why isn’t everyone using a vaporizer?

Well, the vaporizer itself has been around for about four decades, but only in recent years has the somewhat awkward apparatus found its way shifting into “mainstream” society. Marijuana legalization for medicinal purposes has become less of a taboo topic in the United States. Ingesting cannabis has become an undisputed means of naturally treating symptoms of cancer, leukemia and AIDS, among other diseases.

Iolite portable vaporizerAlso, most people are just not familiar with vaporizers, not even cannabis consumers. There are plenty brands on the market. Some of the more popular vaporizers on the market today are the Arizer, the Volcano vaporizer and the Iolite, which was the first pocket-sized, portable vaporizer on the market. A relative newcomer is the WISPR.

So, here’s to your Hemp!

Growing marijuana has become an argument as a viable means of rebuilding the economies of many countries. It’s just a matter of time before vaporizers become even more recognized by the more conservative side of society. And, as the pro-cannabis, holistic and health-conscious cultures get to know one another, there is no doubt that vaporizers of all shapes and sizes, will be more accepted under the heat (and not fire) of scrutiny, moving their way out of the dense, smoky fog.

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  • Canadian Jack

    The vapor left by a vaporizer containing cannabis is not carcinogenic. The tar from tobacco burned with cannabis increase the cancerous effect of tar in tobacco. Never, never mix both it will damage your lungs. Cannabis vaporized will not.